Reflects the rise of literature in modern-day Israel and the problematic reception of literature in America and within the American Jewish community.
Israeli literature provides a unique lens for viewing th~ inner dynamics of this small but critically important society. In addition, its leading writers such as S. Y. Agnon, Yehuda Amichai, Amos Oz, and A. B. Yehoshua, among others, are recognized internationally as major world literary figures. Despite this international recognition, the rich literary
tradition of Israeli literature has failed to reverberate and find significant readership or a following in America even among the American Jewish community.
Alan L. Mintz traces the reception of Israeli literature in America from the 1970s to the present. He analyzes the influences that have shaped modern Israeli literature and reflects on the cultural differences that have impeded American and American Jewish appreciation of Israeli authors. Mintz then turns his attention to specific writers, examining their reception or lack thereof in America and places them within the emerging unfolding critical dialogue between the Israeli and American literary culture.
Alan Mintz is professor of Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He has served as the coeditor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History and is the author of Hurban: Responses to Catastrophe in Hebrew Literature, also published by Syracuse University Press.
6 x 9, 284 pages